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Finalists for region’s healthcare innovation awards revealed



Nov 01, 2017

 

The North of England’s most promising healthcare innovators have been revealed as the shortlist for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 is announced.

Now in its 14th year, the coveted awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of NHS staff and healthcare SMEs that are working towards improving patient care in the North East and North Cumbria and beyond through pioneering product or service ideas.

A panel of judges for the region’s ‘must attend’ industry gathering for healthcare professionals have whittled down hundreds of entries to unveil the 21 finalists in this year’s prestigious competition.

Innovations in the running for this year’s awards include a non-invasive test for bladder cancer, a GP direct booking service via NHS 111 and a falls prevention training programme.

The winners from each of the seven categories will be announced at a glittering annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in November, where winners will receive a cash prize to help develop and commercialise their ideas.

The event is organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) in partnership with RTC North and the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC).

Dr Nicola Wesley, Chief Operations Officer at the AHSN NENC, said: “We are thrilled to be able to reveal the shortlist for the 2017 Bright Ideas in Health Awards. Despite the unprecedented challenges healthcare professionals face today to improve quality, reduce harm, improve access, increase efficiency, eliminate waste and lower costs each of the innovators shortlisted have demonstrated that this is still possible and this is something worth celebrating.”